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Soapy Science: When Doctors Attack

Welcome to episode one of season thirteen, which also happens to be episode one of my attempt to chronicle Grey’s Anatomy in real time.

When we left off last season, Jo, Alex, and DeLuca had gotten themselves into a silly, easily solved predicament; Amelia warmed up her cold, cold feet and married Owen; poor April had to undergo emergency C-section under unusual circumstances, as per Grey’s tradition (has anybody ever just straight-up had a baby on this show?); Meredith, Riggs, and Maggie entered the sort of obtuse love triangle that always leaves one poor sap out in the cold; and Arizona found a way to repair the awfulness of season 12’s custody battle.

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Grey’s Anatomy: Soapy Science

I just finished the last episode of Grey’s Anatomy available on Netflix, an accomplishment that feels more or less on par with turning in my Master’s thesis. I mean, look at the time I invested in this show. According to a quick scroll through IMDB, seasons one through twelve were comprised of 268 episodes. At 43 Netflix minutes apiece, that means I spent 11,524 minutes, or 192 hours, watching this show. (I once calculated that I spent 800 hours behind the microscope for my grad school project, so the thesis comparison is not totally out of line.)

Let me first get this out of the way: I know that Grey’s Anatomy is kind of dumb. I could probably have spent those 192 hours on much better things. Yoga teacher training, perhaps, or filibustering. But I also think that Grey’s (as fans call it) isn’t a total waste of time. In fact, I think it gets a lot less credit than it deserves.

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